15, December 2020 | Bangladesh
Authors:Osborne J. Paget J. Paget J. Giles-Vernick T. Kutalek R. Rodyna R. Ahmed S.M. Dückers M.
I n the current COVID-19 crisis, global and national public health authorities and organisations are search- ing their toolbox of methods and approaches to communicate to and connect with populations. As with HIV/AIDS or Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, it became quickly apparent that the participation of those most affected by the disease, and communities in general, play a central role in understanding how to best shape and implement response efforts [1,2]. The same holds true for COVID-19 in 2020: there is an ur- gent need to understand the ways public health measures and interventions reach and affect communities and how these heterogenous and complex groups can contribute to an effective response in times of crisis. This recognition of the importance of engaging with communities has proved to be the point where the social scienc- es may again play a crucial role.
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